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Timely and Untimely Politics: Art and Protest in Early 1960s Japan

William Marotti, University of California, Los Angeles

Tuesday, October 1, 2013 - 3:30pm
SMI 304
Marotti explores politics, timeliness and art. Out-of-sync with mass activism, artists sought to create eventfulness against a state-promoted, depoliticized daily life in the high growth economy of the 1960s. Micro-historical attention to such groupuscular art activities reveals hidden dimensions of conflict and engagement within the global context of the time.

William Marotti is an associate professor in the Department of History at UCLA, teaching modern Japanese history with an emphasis on everyday life and cultural-historical issues. Marotti's Money, Trains and Guillotines: Art and Revolution in 1960s Japan (Duke University Press, 2013) addresses the politics of culture and everyday life in Japan in the early 1960s, explored through a focus upon transformations in avant-garde artistic production and performance, including music.

Sponsored by the UW Japan Studies Program; Jackson School of International Studies; East Asia Center

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